Q+A: Regent's International School, Bangkok
Regent’s International School Bangkok, is a day and boarding school for students aged three to 18 years. Here the school answers our questions and takes Winter's readers on a virtual tour…
Why should I send my child to your school?
- The Regent’s International School, Bangkok offers a multitude of opportunities that, when combined, make it a very special place.
- The standard of academia is exceptionally high and incorporates the best of British and international education, and has earned many of our students places at some of the top universities around the world.
- Combine with this an extensive co-curricular programme, membership of the global Round Square organisation of schools and unique international opportunities, and the result is one of the best all-around educations available today.
- This is all delivered by fully qualified teachers from the UK, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. All teachers understand their role as providers of knowledge, while simultaneously ensuring that the well-being of each child is their top priority.
- The school grounds are continuously expanding and will soon be home to three new on-site buildings. The facilities are extensive to ensure that our students’ learning environment is of the highest standard to match their well-rounded learning.
Can you give me a breakdown of where your students come from? (nationality)
The international mix in the school includes Thai, British, Korean, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Armenian, Australian, Bhutanese, American, Taiwanese, Brunei, Estonian, German, Italian, Singaporean, Finnish, Dutch, Pakistan, Russian, Afghan, Albanian, Burmese, Chilean, Danish, Moroccan, Nigerian, Filipino, Slovakian, Tanzanian and Portuguese.
When does the school day begin and end?
Across the school and depending on whether or not after-school activities take place, the general timings of the school day can differ. In general the academic school day operates from 7.30am – 3.00pm.
What curriculum do you follow?
We are guided by the English National Curriculum from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), leading to IGCSEs, although we go beyond it in many places. Post-16 students follow the IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma Programme.
How are pupils with English as an additional language supported?
The EAL programme is aimed at students who are at an elementary or beginner level of English. The programme involves additional time allocated to the learning of English. It is taught by expert teachers of English as an additional language. Students also benefit from small English classes to ensure more personalised learning. Once they have reached the desired level of proficiency, they then join the English-speaking students for other subjects including Maths, Sciences and the Arts.
The programme uses the Common European Framework (CEFR). This sets the global standard in EAL and is used by both Oxford and Cambridge exam boards.
What other languages do you teach?
The Modern Foreign Language classes currently offer French and Mandarin. Thai for Thai and Thai for foreigners is also taught to all students.
Does your school offer scholarships?
The Regent's International School offers scholarships for students who demonstrate academic excellence, to encourage talent and by way of public service. Awards are subject to the Board’s approval of the Principal’s recommendations. For example, we currently offer a successful Music Scholarship Programme, inviting applications once a year to join our talented body of musicians.
Are all your teachers fully qualified?
All our teaching staff have UK accredited Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). We ensure we hire only fully qualified teachers with at least two years experience teaching in their home country.
Where do your teachers come from?
The majority (85%) of the teaching staff are from the United Kingdom. The rest are from native English-speaking countries including America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand (apart from specialist language teachers).
What universities do your graduates go to?
Our graduates progress to many of the top universities around the world, including the UK (University of Cambridge, Loughborough University, University of Reading, Royal Holloway University of London, University College London, London School of Economics and University of Birmingham), the US (University of California, Irvine, University of California, Berkeley, University of Chicago, Savannah College of Art and Design, Pennsylvania State University, American University D.C.), Canada (University of British Columbia), Australia (Queensland University of Technology), the Netherlands (Erasmus University), South Korea (Han-Yang University) and Thailand (Assumption University, Silpakorn University, Stamford University).
What co-curricular activities do you offer?
There are a variety of activities, including a range of sports such as football, basketball, tennis, golf, cricket and swimming. Our Fifa artificial-turf football pitch, swimming pool, basketball court and huge sports complex hall are all designed to ensure our students have the best possible sporting experiences.
Other activities include the school play, drama club, rock bands, jazz bands, individual music lessons, school orchestra, chess, Japanese, Philosophy, Buddhist Studies, Operation Smile, school debating club, Service Project, MUN, the International Award and more.
What safety precautions are in place?
The school operates a 24-hour security system, including extensive CCTV. With the school’s boarding and teaching campus being away from the busy city centre, it is an ideal location away from any distractions and city-centre traffic. All school excursions are supervised by teaching staff and British safety standards are applied.
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